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Permanent Mission of the Republic of the Philippines to the United Nations

Philippine Statement

H.E. Mr. HILARIO G. DAVIDE, JR., Permanent Representative of the Philippines to the United Nations at the 15 th Session of the High-level Committee on South-South Cooperation, 29 May 2007

Mr. President –

My delegation welcomes the opportunity to participate in the 15 th session of the High Level Committee on South-South Cooperation.

First, allow me to congratulate you and the other members of the bureau on your election. My delegation stands ready to contribute in the discussions and will cooperate to ensure a successful and productive session.

My delegation commends the Secretariat for providing us with the reports, SSC/15/1 and SSC/15/2 entitled: “Review of Progress in the Implementation of the Buenos Aires Plan of Action including the new directions strategy for South-South Cooperation as well as the decisions of the High-Level Committee” and “Consideration of the Reports of the UNDP Administrator.” These are useful documents that will immensely help my delegation in its discussions of the current agenda.

The distinguished Permanent Representative of Pakistan made an intervention on behalf of the Group of 77 and China. My delegation would like to associate itself with the aforementioned statement. There are, however, some elements that my delegation wishes to highlight.

Mr. President –

My delegation welcomes and supports the developments to strengthen South-South Cooperation. These initiatives and new strategies show that developing countries are collectively working together to achieve the objectives outlined in the Buenos Aires Plan of Action. It is imperative, therefore, to support and strengthen the capacity building of the economically and geographically most vulnerable countries to enable them to:

First- Acquire more relevant knowledge and technologies to improve and innovate on the quality and quantity of their products;

Second - Diversify and expand their domestic, regional and inter-regional markets;

Third - Attract more foreign direct investments and raise capital from domestic, regional and international investors;

Fourth - Present their own development programs and projects for possible funding from all sources, both public and private; and

Fifth - Protect and preserve their own cultural and other intangible assets and provide them with the modern technology and channels to enable them to convert such intangible assets into tangible wealth.

Mr. President -

Empirical data support the conclusion that South-South Cooperation as well as triangular cooperation can improve aid efficiency and effectiveness through ownership and inclusive partnerships. A new agenda covering these modalities of cooperation must be designed to benefit all developing countries especially the economically challenged among them.

Strengthening South-South Cooperation needs to be accorded top priority by the UN system and the international community. There is consensus that South-south Cooperation is a vital instrument as a complement for international cooperation for development and not a substitute for North-South cooperation.

South-South Cooperation is a strategy towards economic growth and sustainable development through collective self-reliance. The Heads of State and Government of the Group of 77 renewed their determination to strengthen the capabilities of developing countries by addressing with a renewed focus the challenges and opportunities of the South through the coordination and cooperation of all relevant institutions of the South.

In this regard, my delegation welcomes the indefatigable efforts of Mr. Yiping Zhou, the Executive Director of the Special Unit for South-South Cooperation, in promoting South-South initiatives. These efforts are in accordance with General Assembly resolution 60/212 reiterating the urgent need to further strengthen the Special Unit for South-South Cooperation as the UN system coordinating body for South-South Cooperation.

Mr. President –

There are suggestions to hold a UN Conference in 2008 in Argentina to commemorate the 30 th anniversary of the Buenos Aires Plan of Action and that a preparatory conference to this event be undertaken by the High Level Committee. My delegation supports this suggestion. My delegation likewise welcomes the generous offer by the Government of the Argentine Republic to host the 30 th anniversary of the Buenos Aires Plan of Action.

Thank you.

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